Displaced from their ancestral lands in Choco due to increased violence, the Embera mother spoken to said that she and her family had been in Bogotá for two years. Roughly a fortnight ago they left the barrio of Los Mártires in downtown Bogotá, where they had been living and came here to the Parque Nacional.
She said that they came from the municipality of Bagadó, Choco close to the department of Risaralda and 300km, give a take a few, to the west of Bogotá. The expansion of the ELN guerrillas and the Clan del Golfo in the region has resulted in this humanitarian tragedy.
In a recent appeal, Embera spokesperson Maria Violet Medina, called upon the public to make donations of nappies (all sizes, apparently up to 70 per cent of the population here are children), blankets and medicines for diarrhea, colds and coughs.